this from http://nzconservative.blogspot.com/2007/03/michael-cullen-may-withdraw-urgency-on.html
Monday, March 26, 2007
Virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone that renders us invincible. These are the tactics we should study. If we lose these, we are conquered. -- Patrick Henry
"It's not important to Labour"
Now, that's not an exact quote, as I can't quite remember what Michael Cullen said, word for word as I was putting dinner on the table at the time, but it looks and sounds like back-pedalling to me.
A spokeperson for Michael Cullen has now confirmed that Labour is now longer seeking urgency on Repeal of S59.
Could it be that Labour has realised this whole issue is sinking them? Look at the
http://www.newswire.co.nz/main/viewstory.aspx?storyid=364888&catid=3011poll results which http://www.stuff.co.nz/4006064a11.html Helen Clark attributes to John Key's "honeymoon period". Ha! More like Labour's disastrous trampling over the parents of NZ causing your average Labour voter to wake up and smell the coffee!
The latest political poll has seen support for Labour slip, while National holds steady nearly ten points ahead.
Now all we need is National to promise to repeal the repeal when they get into power, should Bradford's legislation be passed. Why are they not doing this? Trying to hold the higher moral ground on letting their MPs vote their conscience is not cutting it as it's not going to prevent the legislation from going ahead.
MP's consciences seem to be so out of step with the nation, that it would be best to do away with them altogether. That way parties would have to clearly articulate their positions on social issues, rather than allow party policy to be deathly silent on issues that can dramatically alter what it's like to live in NZ now, and in the future. Because social changes can take ten to twenty years at least for the full effects to be felt.
Anyway, any delay on the Repeal of S59 has to be good.